The Move, from Birmingham, England, were one of the leading British rock bands of the 1960s.
They scored nine Top 20 UK singles in five years, but were among the most popular British bands not to find any success in the United States.
Although bassist-vocalist Chris “Ace” Kefford was the original leader, for most of their career The Move was led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Roy Wood. He composed all the group’s UK singles and, from 1968, also sang lead vocals on many songs, although Carl Wayne was the main lead singer up to 1970.
Initially the band had 4 main vocalists (Wayne, Wood, Trevor Burton and Kefford) who split the lead vocals on a number of their earlier songs.
The group evolved from several mid-1960s Birmingham based groups, including Carl Wayne & the Vikings, the Nightriders and the Mayfair Set.
The group’s name referred to the move various members of these bands made to form the group.
Beside Wood, the original five-piece line-up of The Move in 1965 was drummer Bev Bevan, bassist Kefford, vocalist Carl Wayne and guitarist Trevor Burton.
The final line-up of 1972 was the trio of Wood, Bevan and Jeff Lynne, who transitioned the group into the Electric Light Orchestra.
Since 2007, Burton and Bevan have been performing as ‘The Move featuring Bev Bevan and Trevor Burton’.
Official website www.themove-live.com
Roy Wood, Ace Kefford and Trevor Burton all used Rotosound strings in the late 1960’s and were featured in Rotosound advertising